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Beetlejuice (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 30 March 1988 (USA)
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A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Page ...
Hugo Stanger ...
Rachel Mittelman ...
J. Jay Saunders ...
Moving Man #1
Mark Ettlinger ...
Moving Man #2
Cindy Daly ...
3-Fingered Typist (as Cynthia Daly)


Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate their house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but end up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping. Written by simon

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In This House... If You've Seen One Ghost... You Haven't Seen Them All. See more »


Comedy | Fantasy


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30 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$73,326,666 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Tim Burton: [distorted female face] One of Barbara's early attempts to scare off intruders, and her mouth "zipped" during the climax. See more »


While Lydia tries to open the attic door with the key, you see her on the outside letting go of the handle. As Adam picks up the screwdriver to poke the key back out you can still see the handle shaking as if she is trying to turn it. See more »


[last lines]
[in the waiting room, Betelgeuse is sitting next to a witch doctor, who is next in line]
Beetlejuice: Pardon me. Did you do that?
[points to explorer with shrunken head]
Beetlejuice: That's very nice work. Let me ask you something. How do you get them so sma... Hey, there goes Elvis! Yo, King!
[as the doctor looks away, Betelgeuse switches numbers]
Beetlejuice: Well, looks like I'm next. Good thing, too. I gotta do a photo shoot for GQ in about an hour and a half. Yeah, they've been after me for months. Doin' some underwear...
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Referenced in Face Off: Death's Doorstep (2016) See more »


Written by Irving Burgie (as Lord Burgess) and William A. Attaway
Performed by Harry Belafonte
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Creativity at its best
21 April 2005 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews

With ghosts and the dead, one would normally anticipate a horror movie loaded with screams and gory figures. But in Beetlejuice, we see a new dimension humour being experimented with.

Taking into the account that the movie was made in 1988 with limited special effects, Beetlejuice could be simply labelled as "creativity at its best".

Tim Burton is a pure visionary and with this movie you cannot help but appreciate the amount of creativity he has and his ability to translate it to screen.

Acting is top-rate from all fronts. One can't help but admire promising young Winona Ryder - a flower ready to bloom.

It would take a couple of viewings to be appreciate the movie in totality.

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